Yeah, this is a good technique. Throw that in a service program and you're golden.
Creating or populating a data area is a horrible way to do this. It's just as bad as setting an "active" flag in a file. Ugh! Any abend and you're screwed.
If you MUST use a data area, just lock it exclusive. Don't deal with existence or content. When the job ends (however it ends), the lock will disappear.
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From: RPG400-L <rpg400-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> on behalf of JRusling@xxxxxxxxxxx <JRusling@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, January 28, 2019 1:16 PM
To: RPG programming on the IBM i(AS/400 and iSeries)
Subject: RE: How can i test, from rpg, if a display file is in use?
Ya know, in the back of my mind, a voice was saying to me... "i'll be
there's one of those sql functions/thing-a-ma-bobs to get that".
Thanks Kevin. I'll be giving that a try.
Use the OBJECT_LOCK_INFO view.
If I run this for a display file that I am using.
WHERE SYSTEM_OBJECT_NAME = 'IFSHCSURFM'
AND SYSTEM_OBJECT_SCHEMA = 'DRSUP';
I get this.
If no one is in the file I get no records.
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